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Loyola University, NASA partner to commercialize Stennis Space Center technology

Photo provided by NASA -- In the front row, from left, are Ashley Francis, director of graduate programs at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Business; Stennis Space Center director Rick Gilbrech; and Bill Locander, dean of the Loyola College of Business. In the second row are Kevin Pollard, executive mentor at Loyola; Stacy Savoie, Loyola MBA student; Duane Armstrong, chief of NASA applied science and technology projects at Stennis; Jon Atkinson, Loyola College of Business professor; Mike Guerrere, Loyola MBA student; and Lauren Underwood, technology transfer partnership manager with NASA's Engineering and Test Directorate at Stennis.

Loyola University’s College of Business is partnering with NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi, to commercialize a new technology patent, Loyola and NASA announced. Students from Loyola’s Master of Business Administration program will review the center’s patented technologies and choose one to promote. Then, they will work with Stennis engineers to provide… Continue reading →

In response to budget woes, Loyola University president touts $11.5 million savings plan

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Loyola University.

The Rev. Kevin Wildes, president of Loyola University since 2004, is faced with a daunting, three-part challenge in the months and years ahead. He must cut expenses sharply, attract and retain more students and win the support of disgruntled faculty members, some of whom have lost faith in his leadership. That’s the picture that… Continue reading →

Namesake of Warren Easton High School honored on 167th birthday

A small gathering of people at a Lakeview cemetery one morning last week paid tribute to a man who had a big effect on public education in Louisiana. On Thursday, on what would have been Warren Easton’s 167th birthday, students, alumni and faculty dedicated a new marker at the grave of the Canal Street high school’s… Continue reading →

St. Tammany students with and without disabilities compete together in bocce tournament

Advocate staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Steven Leach gets handed a burning torch before the bocce tournament in Jack Salter Stadium at Covington High School in Covington, Friday November 20, 2015. The St. Tammany Parish Adapted Physical Education Department hosts the High School Unified Bocce Game along with Covington High School. 72 high school student athletes with disabilities partner up with students without disabilities for a bocce tournament.

The marching band, dance team, cheerleaders and revved-up athletes at Covington High School’s stadium Friday morning were brimming with the energetic vibe of any high school sporting event. Students joked with friends, took selfies and waited eagerly for the competition to begin. But the teams themselves and the game they were there to play represented something… Continue reading →

Suspended members of Salmen girls basketball team can only watch and wait

Photo by Rod Walker -- Salmen girls basketball coach Panos Bountovinas, right, talks to (from left) Jayla Faciane, Ashanti Eden and Allie Batistse during halftime of Thursday's game against Helen Cox.

All 12 members of the Salmen High School girls basketball team were in the Helen Cox High gymnasium on Thursday night. Only five played. The other seven players, suspended from the team on Wednesday, watched from the stands. They will have to wait to see if they will be reinstated. The seven… Continue reading →

Terrytown’s Boudreaux Elementary to be closed Friday due to ventilation system problem

Thanksgiving holidays will begin early for students of Geraldine Boudreaux Elementary School in Terrytown, whose campus will be closed Friday because of a ventilation system problem. A heater strip in the ventilation system malfunctioned Thursday morning, causing an odor to spread throughout the school at 950 Behrman Highway, officials said. Maintenance… Continue reading →

Superintendent: Salmen girls basketball players' claims 'unfounded'; re-instatement decision coming after holidays

Photo by Rod Walker -- Salmen girls basketball coach Panos Bountovinas, right, talks to (from left) Jayla Faciane, Ashanti Eden and Allie Batistse during halftime of Thursday's game against Helen Cox.

. Update, 3:30 p.m. Thursday: Salmen parents have been notified that a decision to re-instate the seven players kicked off the team will be made after the holidays. Update, 1:18 p.m. Thursday: Below is a statement from St. Tammany Parish's superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III: “A thorough investigation by the St. Tammany Parish Public School… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish School Board approves $50 million in repairs to more than 60 campuses

The Jefferson Parish School Board has approved more than $50 million in critical repairs or upgrades to 65 school campuses across the parish as it works to maintain an aging portfolio of buildings and catch up on some long-deferred maintenance. The top-priority repairs, mainly meant to modernize buildings and address safety issues, will be funded with the… Continue reading →

St. Augustine High to reopen Thursday, after gas leak prompted Wednesday closure

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Gia Hamilton, director of the Joan Mitchell center in Treme and Andrew Freeman walk the campus.

St. Augustine High School, the predominantly African-American Roman Catholic high school in New Orleans’ 7th Ward, will resume classes Thursday after a gas leak Wednesday prompted an evacuation, officials announced. The gas leak was detected near the school band’s rehearsal hall Wednesday morning. St. Augustine parents were instructed to pick up children via the school’s… Continue reading →

St. Augustine High School vacated after Wednesday gas leak

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Gia Hamilton, director of the Joan Mitchell center in Treme and Andrew Freeman walk the campus.

Students cleared out of St. Augustine High School, the predominantly African-American Roman Catholic high school in New Orleans’ 7th Ward, Wednesday morning after officials detected a gas leak, school officials said. All students and staff were forced to leave the building, which is located in the 2600 block of A.P. Tureaud Avenue. There were no injuries.… Continue reading →

Demolition to begin in December at future Edna Karr High site; new school to open in 2018

Plans for the building of a new Edna Karr High School in Algiers, scuttled last year after one contractor was banned from the project and another dropped out, are moving forward, Orleans Parish school system officials report. Core Construction will handle the project on the old JoEllen Smith Medical Center site on Gen. Meyer Avenue.… Continue reading →

New plaque recalls rich history of 7th Ward elementary school for black children

Advocate staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Pastor Brenda Square closes the unveiling of the historic marker ceremony with a prayer at Valena C. Jones Elementary School in New Orleans, Saturday November 14, 2015. The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), Beecher Memorial Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) and The Plessy & Ferguson Foundation install a Louisiana historic marker at Valena C. Jones Elementary School during a city-wide celebration of School Desegregation Day.

From the long-rusted slide in its playground to the discolored molding lining the top of a once-handsome 7th Ward brick building, Valena C. Jones Elementary School looks forgotten. It has been closed since Hurricane Katrina. Yet the edifice’s condition doesn’t reflect its rich history, which is described by a new historical plaque that stands on the… Continue reading →

Tulane president calls for support of minority students after racist postings appear on social media

After seeing what he called “deeply disturbing and offensive” posts on an anonymous social media platform, Tulane University’s president called Friday for a show of campus unity and an increased focus on supporting African-American students and other groups that are under-represented at the school. In an email to students, staff and faculty, President… Continue reading →

East Jefferson High School to be closed Monday and Tuesday because of electrical issues

East Jefferson High School in Metairie will be closed Monday and Tuesday because of “electrical issues,” according to the Jefferson Parish public school system. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Branley said the problem is a “subsurface issue” and that neither students nor staff should report to the school on Phlox Avenue. Schools Superintendent Isaac Joseph will meet… Continue reading →

Orleans Parish School Board employee sentenced to one year for role in bribery scheme

Armer Bright

The official who admitted helping former Orleans Parish School Board President Ira Thomas arrange a bribe will serve a year and a day in prison, a federal judge decided Wednesday — the same prison term handed down to Thomas a little more than a month ago. Armer Bright also will serve a… Continue reading →

New Orleans public schools enrollment process opens

It’s that dizzying time of year again when parents dive into information about an array of independent New Orleans public schools, select their top choices and spend the ensuing months crossing their fingers. New Orleans’ citywide schools enrollment process, commonly called OneApp, is now open, officials said Monday. The application process is for students… Continue reading →

Closed New Orleans charter school may have violated state policy by selling computers, audit says

A New Orleans East charter school that closed in June after subpar performance has come under fire again, this time for selling computers purchased with public dollars. From May 20 to June 24, officials at Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business sold $15,760 worth of computer equipment to parents and teachers to help pay… Continue reading →

Check out results: New Orleans-area high school performance scores rise

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Keyanna Johnson, second from left, speaks with Edith Carbo, foreground, a counselor at Warren Easton, regarding the education of Johnson's daughter Paris, 13, during the High School Fair at Ben Franklin Wednesday evening, October 16, 2013. Thirty-nine schools and community organizations attended the High School Fair, which was presented by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and is the third annual event, produced along with the Urban League's New Orleans Guide to High Schools. The guide and fair were created in response to the need for a resource that would aid students and parents in their journey to finding the right high school.

New performance scores released by state officials Thursday showed that most high schools across Louisiana and the New Orleans area continued to improve this year. Scores for some schools were missing because of a complication caused by the state’s new Common Core exams. And a shift in the way schools earn points in the state’s accountability… Continue reading →

Delgado to offer services to eligible military veterans, and other news of higher education

Beginning in early November, Delgado Community College will provide services to eligible military veterans at its City Park Campus in New Orleans through the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program. DVOP specialists will be housed on campus to provide intensive services to veterans and eligible spouses. Services offered include: comprehensive assessments; specialized assessments of skill… Continue reading →

Recovery School District won't let Cohen High School move to old Booker T. Washington High School site

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--The remains of Booker T. Washington stand in ruins at 2101 S. Roman Street  in New Orleans, La. Thursday, June 26, 2014. The Recovery School District is considering building another school on the site.

State officials relented Wednesday in a long-running dispute over the future of two New Orleans high school buildings, announcing that Walter L. Cohen and Booker T. Washington will remain separate schools rather than merging on Booker T. Washington’s campus in Central City. The move was a welcome outcome for the Cohen Alumni Association. The group has… Continue reading →

Most mysterious, bizarre homicides in Louisiana history detailed in Delgado teacher's new book

Delgado teacher’s book retells La. homicides In the new book “Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides,” co-authors Alan G. Gauthreaux and Daryl Hippensteel, a criminal justice faculty member at Delgado Community College, chronicle some of the most mysterious, bizarre and often overlooked homicides in Louisiana history. Drawing on contemporary records and, where available, the recollections of those involved, the authors recount the rise… Continue reading →

Second Jefferson Parish schools employee alleges undue hostility from School Board President Cedric Floyd

Cedric Floyd

For the second time in two months, an employee of the Jefferson Parish public school system has filed a complaint accusing School Board President Cedric Floyd of creating an unduly hostile work environment. The state Board of Ethics informed Floyd in an Oct. 7 letter that he was under investigation following a sworn complaint alleging that… Continue reading →

Tulane looks to cut 90 to 110 staff through buyouts; layoffs might be next

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tulane University president Michael Fitts.

Tulane University said Tuesday that it will offer buyouts and may have to lay off people to help close an annual budget deficit, aiming to cut 90 to 110 staff positions while sparing the school’s faculty. The cut would amount to a bit less than 2 percent of Tulane’s nearly 5,800 employees. And it would save… Continue reading →